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timber hitch

a knot or hitch on a spar or the like, made by taking a turn on the object, wrapping the end around the standing part of the rope, then several times around itself.
Origin of timber hitch


[tim-ber-hich] /ˈtɪm bərˌhɪtʃ/
verb (used with object)
to fasten by means of a timber hitch.
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The timber-hitch should be kept in place on the bow, and the bowline-knot slipped back on the bow when it is unstrung.

  • A timber-hitch; when tightened the line binds around the timber so that it will not slip.

    Boat-Building and Boating Daniel Carter Beard
  • A timber-hitch had better have the loose end twisted more than once, if the rope be stiff.

    The Art of Travel Francis Galton
  • We put a timber-hitch round the body of the mine and hung the hitch up with strands to two of the horns.

    The Fleets Behind the Fleet W. MacNeile (William MacNeile) Dixon
  • When you want a temporary fastening, secure yet easily undone, make a timber-hitch (Fig. 70).

    On the Trail Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
British Dictionary definitions for timber-hitch

timber hitch

a knot used for tying a rope round a spar, log, etc, for haulage
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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